If Stockholm Open
Surface: indoor hard
Floaters: Taylor Dent, (WC) James Blake, Florian Mayer
Seeds: Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Ivan Ljubicic, Stan Wawrinka, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Thomaz Bellucci, Tommy Robredo
Notes: (1) Federer likely to open against Dent after a bye, with Swiss countryman Wawrinka waiting in the quarters; (7) Bellucci starts against (WC) Blake, and (6) F-Lo in an early tester against Mayer; Federer only 1-1 career in Stockholm (played once in 2000), Ljubicic and Wawrinka making their debuts; last year’s champion Marcos Baghdatis (in Moscow this week) is missing, leaving only Blake (2006-05) as the lone past champ in the field.
Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marcos Baghdatis, Radek Stepanek, Andrey Golubev, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Janko Tipsarevic
Floaters: Horacio Zeballos, “Iron” Mike Russell, Denis Istomin
Notes: Not a lot of unseeded competition, but a few to note: (8) Tipsarevic vs. Zeballos, (7) Stakhovsky vs. Iron Mike, and (2) Youzhny after a bye likely facing Istomin; Youzhny beat Tipsarevic in last year’s final; Baghdatis makes his Moscow debut after winning Stockholm this time last year.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
YOGURT IN, YOGURT OUT — Ana Ivanovic received a game penalty for rushing off the court last week during a match in Linz. The Serb former No. 1 beauty explained the properties of yogurt and explosive diarrhea: “When I left the court I was really feeling sick,” Ivanovic said. “I’m really embarrassed because I had yogurt right before I walked on. Don’t ever have yogurt before you have to play!…I told the umpire I really have to go to the bathroom and he said I couldn’t go before her serve, but I said I have to. Then he said I could go on my own time. When I came back he said for every 20 seconds I got a point penalty…It turned out to be good. I think I was so consumed with trying to feel a little bit better, but I think in normal circumstances it would make me really mad.”
COACHING-GO-ROUND — Struggling two-time Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has dumped her coach Loic Courteau after only two months, according to L’Equipe. Courteau was the coach of Kuznetsova’s former doubles partner and world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo.
From TENNIS magazine’s Stephen Tignor on the (neverending) WTA injury spate: “The juxtaposition couldn’t be starker. Every boldfaced name in men’s tennis is currently in Shanghai to contest the Rolex Masters. At the same time, each day brings news of another top women’s star who has decided the pull the plug, not just on this week, but on the rest of 2010. In recent days, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Nadia Petrova, Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova all have announced that they’re either definitely or likely out for the rest of the year. That comes on top of Justine Henin’s season-ending injury in June, Kim Clijsters’ withdrawal from the mandatory event in Beijing and Elena Dementieva’s pullout from her home tournament in Moscow next week. Injuries have plagued the WTA for years, but this is about as low as it goes.”…
Nikolay Davydenko took the cash over performance for his new Dunlop racquet, looks like that’s working out well, if you like losing…
Now that Serena says she is done for the year with injury, as is Venus, the U.S. goes from overwhelming favorite to big underdog against Italy in the Fed Cup final…
Sports Illustrated gas bag Bruce Jenkins breaks out the annual American-centric who-cares-about-tennis-after-the-US-Open column: “…here we are in the middle of the tennis Silly Season. Just when you thought the U.S. Open was such a fabulous venue for closure, onward we go to Beijing, Shanghai, Venus and Oz. It’s always a hoot to watch the ATP and WTA try to drum up attention for the Silly Season, because only the hardcore fans are paying even the slightest attention.
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